Sox Rally Late And Take Opener From Cubs 6-4

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Aramis Ramirez Hits 300th Home Run

Aramis Ramirez reached a new career milestone on Friday, but the Cubs dropped their series opener to the White Sox 6-4 at Wrigley Field.

The game was close until the seventh inning, with the Cubs and Sox trading runs off of their starting pitchers Randy Wells and Edwin Jackson. The Sox took an early lead in the top of the first inning when Wells gave up a one out sac-fly to score Juan Pierre, followed by an RBI single by A.J. PIerzynski.

The Cubs struck early too, however, narrowing the score to 2-1 in the bottom of the second as a leadoff walk to Carlos Pena came back to bite Jackson when the Cubs played small ball to score him with one out. One inning later, Darwin Barney doubled in Kosuke Fukudome, and then scored an out later on an Aramis Ramirez sacrifice fly to give the Cubs a 3-2 lead.

Both pitchers settled down until the bottom of the sixth, when Aramis Ramirez took Edwin Jackson deep for the 300th home run of his career. But, the Sox came right back in the seventh, as Alexei Ramirez hit a two run home run to tie the game, and then a few batters later Juan Pierre hit a two run triple to put the White Sox up 6-4.

That’s all the Sox bullpen would need as they closed out the game. Sergio Santos recorded his 18th save of the season in the win.

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Aramis Ramirez Hits 300th Home Run

Aramis Ramirez reached a new career milestone on Friday, but the Cubs dropped their series opener to the White Sox 6-4 at Wrigley Field.

The game was close until the seventh inning, with the Cubs and Sox trading runs off of their starting pitchers Randy Wells and Edwin Jackson. The Sox took an early lead in the top of the first inning when Wells gave up a one out sac-fly to score Juan Pierre, followed by an RBI single by A.J. PIerzynski.

The Cubs struck early too, however, narrowing the score to 2-1 in the bottom of the second as a leadoff walk to Carlos Pena came back to bite Jackson when the Cubs played small ball to score him with one out. One inning later, Darwin Barney doubled in Kosuke Fukudome, and then scored an out later on an Aramis Ramirez sacrifice fly to give the Cubs a 3-2 lead.

Both pitchers settled down until the bottom of the sixth, when Aramis Ramirez took Edwin Jackson deep for the 300th home run of his career. But, the Sox came right back in the seventh, as Alexei Ramirez hit a two run home run to tie the game, and then a few batters later Juan Pierre hit a two run triple to put the White Sox up 6-4.

That’s all the Sox bullpen would need as they closed out the game. Sergio Santos recorded his 18th save of the season in the win.

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Cubs Welcome White Sox To Wrigley For Rematch

After late inning homers gave them a series split with the Giants on Thursday, the Cubs will welcome the White Sox to the North Side to begin their cross town rematch. Though both teams are still under .500, each topped their respective leagues in at least one way during the last month. The White Sox have gone 29-20 since the beginning of May, good for the third best record in the American League over that stretch. The Cubs, meanwhile, hit 33 home runs on the month of June, tops in the NL.

Opening the series for the Cubs will be Randy Wells. Wells has had a bit of a rough stretch since coming off the DL, and currently sports a 1-2 record with a 6.25 ERA and 1.64 WHIP. In his career against the White Sox, he's 1-1 with a 5.25 ERA and 1.67 WHIP. A.J. Pierzynski has hit Wells decently in their meetings, going 3-for-3 with a double.

The Sox will send Edwin Jackson to the mound to face the Cubs. Jackson has been up and down all year, though he's coming off of a start against Washington in which he threw seven shutout innings, giving up just five hits and two walks. In his career against the Cubs, Jackson is 0-2 with an 8.44 ERA and 1.88 WHIP. Alfonso Soriano is 4-for-9 with one double and one home run against Jackson.

The weather in Chicago is expected to clear in time for the game, and will be hot and partly cloudy this afternoon, with a game time temperature in the low 90's. First pitch is at 1:20 P.M., CDT, and the game will be televised on WGN (Cubs) and CSN (Sox).

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